Women talk about their first Naturist experience (link)

First naturist experiences

Don’t be surprised if there are nude families with children wherever you choose to go. I always found it interesting how little kids take to nudism naturally without shame or a care in the world. Yet these same kids, once they become teenagers, suddenly get all confused and self-conscious about their changing bodies and come to the park far less often. Then at about twenty, after the hormones stabilize, they return but without their parents. Instead, they come with a friend or group of friends, anxious to share the experience with them. – Georgina

Bill Schroer: Shedding the cultural myth of the ‘perfect body’

Bill Schroer: Shedding the cultural myth of the ‘perfect body’

In the 19th century, women of means had ribs removed to achieve a narrow waist — and the corsets created shortness of breath and dislocated visceral organs. Today, plastic surgery, liposuction and bariatric procedures are complemented by bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. Patients are referred for treatment at ever younger ages (as young as 8). But there is no sign of slowing down:

Nude Beaches

In Australia at the moment its well into summer, here in the northern regions the tempuratures are getting quite hot, we’ve already had 2 days at 39degC (100F). This is the beach season for the majority of the population who live bear to the coast. Nudists and Naturists are not left behind. Our favourite “legal” nude beach is Tyangarah/North Belongil beach just north of Byron Bay in New South Wales. Its the closest nude beach to where we live, about 1 3/4 hour drive. There are no legal nude beaches in Queensland which is crazy considering the number of tourists who flock to our beaches. Noosa has a nonlegal beach which the local police turn a blind eye too as long as the nudity is kept non sexual.

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Noosa (Alexandria Bay) hosts a large nudists beach carnival every year which attracts hundreds of people to play beach games, swim and meet other nudists.

As with any beach going, precautions are necessary. The usual sun protection and water are required.

New comers to naturism usually find the beaches are a comfortable way to start their public/social foray. Most beaches allow a certain solitude to allow you to get used to public nudity. You will get “hello, hows you’re day, great weather’ greetings from the other nudists, but it will be up to you how much you want to engage in conversation and activity with others. Usually within 15 minutes of arrriving, walking past nude people of all shapes and sizes, you’ ll start to relax and when you finally remove your clothes and hit the water, you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about and wish you’d done this sooner.

A word of caution, there are, like in all aspects of life, unsavoury characters lurking around some beaches. However these people are frowned upon in the Naturist environments are will quickly be moved on by the locals.